PianoFest takes over Whidbey

  • Tue Apr 21st, 2015 9:38pm
  • Life

World-class pianists will convene at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts for PianoFest Northwest April 22-26.

The festival is a “celebration of all things piano” according to a recent press release.

Pieces include compositions by local and regional composers performed by local, regional, national and international pianists.

Claudio Mendez of Buenos Aires will be headlining with Latin American tango and a tribute to Argentine folklore and tango pianists at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25. Bertram Levy of Tangoheart on the bandoneon will accompany him.

The Local Groove with pianist Sheila Weidendorf will open the festival at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. The performance will feature original compositions by James Hinkley, Angelique Poteat and Alan Hochaness.

Louis Landon will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23.

Landon’s performance will be preceded by Maureen Girard, a Langley resident and host of the 88 Keys Piano Club, and Clipper Anderson, jazz bassist.

Randy Halberstadt and Gail Pettis will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24 for an evening of jazz.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26 Marc Seales will present an afternoon of gospel, blues and American pop standards.

The festival will close from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26 with a gala fundraiser, a casual evening of music and conversation with special guests Claudio Mendez and Bertram Levy. The cost to attend the gala is $130 for general admission and $30 for PianoFest attendees.

PianoFest performance tickets cost $25 for adults and $14 for youth. Festival passes cost $85 for adults and $60 for youth.

Tickets can be purchased at https://tickets.wicaonline.com/public or by calling the box office at 800-638-7631.